CDC Reports Increased COVID-19 Case & Hospitalization Rates Among the Vaccinated

Posted In: News, Investigative Reporting, National,   By: Robert E Martin

25th February, 2022     0

COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates increased among people who got a COVID-19 vaccine following the emergence of the Omicron virus variant, according to newly published data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC). 

According to the data, which is submitted to the CDC by health departments across the country, the COVID-19 case rate in fully vaccinated people rose by more than 1,000 percent between Dec. 11, 2021, and Jan. 8, 2022.  Fully vaccinated refers to people who received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The CDC doesn’t count a person as fully vaccinated until 14 days have elapsed from his or her final shot. The case rate among those who also received a booster dose skyrocketed as well, rising some 2,400 percent between the same dates.

While cases also rose among the unvaccinated, the jump in infections among the vaccinated closed the gap between the populations. As a result, people who haven’t received a vaccine were just 3.2 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 in January.

COVID-19-associated hospitalizations also increased among the vaccinated, from 1.4 per 100,000 for the fully vaccinated for the week ending Dec. 18, 2021, to 35.2 per 100,000 in the week ending Jan. 8, according to data from a surveillance system managed by the CDC.  People who got a booster were less likely to require hospital care, but the hospitalization rate among the boosted also rose from December 2021 to January. And deaths attributed to COVID-19 also increased during the same time period among the vaccinated, including among the boosted.

The CDC says unvaccinated adults were 2.6 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 in January compared to fully vaccinated adults and 3.2 times more likely when compared to boosted adults; at least 30 times more likely to be hospitalized in December 2021 due to COVID-19 compared to boosted Americans 18 or older, 14 times more likely to die from COVID-19 in December 2021 compared to the fully vaccinated, and 41 times more likely to die in December 2021 versus the boosted.

However, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have plummeted in both the unvaccinated and vaccinated in recent weeks, driving many states to rescind COVID-19 restrictions.

There are also two key issues to consider with the reporting of this data:  First, is the 14-day rule that applies before vaccination status kicks in with this reporting data, which also covers the span of peak time when jabbed people get ill and die and are considered unvaccinated because they do not have their 2nd shot; secondly,  is that by separating out double and triple vaccinated individuals, these reports avoid showing the total for people receiving one, two, or three shots.

If one puts these two elements together the picture looks rather different. In most European countries we see that by doing this well over 50% of the hospitalizations and deaths are of vaccinated people, and in serval countries this is over 80%.


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